Kevin J. Jones

Kevin J. Jones

Kevin J. Jones is a senior staff writer with Catholic News Agency. He was a recipient of a 2014 Catholic Relief Services' Egan Journalism Fellowship.

Articles by Kevin J. Jones

‘Abortion doula’ at Notre Dame speaker series adds to Catholic concern

Mar 4, 2023 / 11:43 am

Critics say the series conflicts with university policy requiring the presentation of Catholic teaching at such events.

Decline in vocations to the priesthood is worse where priests serve larger flocks, report says

Mar 3, 2023 / 13:25 pm

The study found that there are fewer new vocations in large dioceses where priests do not have a chance to get to know their parishioners.

Michigan priest sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of second-grader

Mar 2, 2023 / 16:30 pm

A priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit has been sentenced for the rape of an elementary student at the Catholic school attached to the parish he served as pastor.

Pro-life OB-GYNs are banned from hosting exhibit booth at medical conference

Mar 1, 2023 / 13:47 pm

Leaders of the pro-life doctors’ group arrived at the conference in Maryland only to be told that their exhibit booth had been canceled.

San Diego Diocese denies charges that it hid assets to avoid paying child sexual abuse claims

Feb 27, 2023 / 12:45 pm

The Diocese of San Diego has rejected a lawsuit’s allegations that it restructured diocesan properties to hide assets from sexual abuse victims.

Catholics, are you going to confession? Watch for these changes

Feb 23, 2023 / 16:00 pm

The “essential words” of the priest’s absolution formula have not been changed, but there are “two minor modifications to the preliminary part of the prayer.”

It could soon be a crime to gather outside of abortion facilities in Scotland, even for prayer

Feb 23, 2023 / 09:40 am

“We’re there to pray and offer help if somebody wants the help, if they come up to us,” Robert Colquhoun of 40 Days for Life told Sky News.

As Catholics welcome Nicaraguan exiles, leading U.S. bishop calls for restoration of human rights

Feb 21, 2023 / 16:30 pm

Catholic organizations in the U.S. have quickly mobilized to welcome political exiles from Nicaragua, but more must be done, Archbishop Timothy Broglio says.

Catholic leaders open new church in UAE’s interfaith Abrahamic Family House

Feb 21, 2023 / 09:35 am

A synagogue, church, and mosque sit opposite a secular visitor pavilion in an interfaith complex meant to encourage goodwill and understanding.

God, creation, and humanity: The ‘lost lectures’ of Benedict XVI collected in new book

Feb 19, 2023 / 07:00 am

Six lectures of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger were almost lost forever. But now, they have been collected in a new Ignatius Press book.

Surprising number of Americans would screen embryos for intellectual aptitude, survey says

Feb 17, 2023 / 08:07 am

A significant minority of Americans would favor genetic screening of embryos simply to boost their child’s chance to attend an elite university, a new survey indicates.

Judge upholds Maine law on retroactive abuse lawsuits, says Catholic diocese challenge has a point

Feb 15, 2023 / 14:10 pm

The judge acknowledged that attorneys for the Catholic Diocese of Portland raised “serious” constitutional concerns in their legal challenge.

Imprisoned Nicaraguan bishop deserves US support, religious freedom advocates say

Feb 14, 2023 / 16:52 pm

“This miscarriage of justice will not be forgotten,” USCIRF Commissioner Frederick A. Davie said Feb. 14.

Lawsuit: National Archives Museum staff wrongly harassed pro-life visitors

Feb 14, 2023 / 12:30 pm

Pro-life advocates who visited the museum last month have filed a lawsuit charging that museum staff told them to remove any pro-life clothing or leave.

Priest charged for praying for free speech in U.K. abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’

Feb 10, 2023 / 10:38 am

Police charged the Catholic priest with “intimidating service users” of the abortion clinic.

Church of England votes to bless same-sex couples

Feb 9, 2023 / 12:27 pm

The Church of England’s governing body has voted to bless same-sex couples while leaving unchanged the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

Denver Archdiocese says fired lesbian teacher violated contract

Feb 8, 2023 / 08:55 am

A teacher at a Catholic school in Denver was fired after the archdiocese learned of her same-sex relationship, which violated the conduct code she had signed. 

Court rules pro-life group owes nearly $1 million in fines for Planned Parenthood protests

Feb 7, 2023 / 12:23 pm

A Spokane County judge ruled in December that the “Church at Planned Parenthood” repeatedly violated state law.

Charges dropped, for now, against woman arrested for praying silently outside UK abortion clinic

Feb 3, 2023 / 15:45 pm

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce says the charges still could be revived, leaving her in an ambitious legal situation.

Thousands mourn Cardinal Pell at Sydney funeral: ‘Be not afraid’ was his motto 

Feb 2, 2023 / 16:45 pm

Civic leaders, friends, and members of Cardinal George Pell’s family remembered the Australian cardinal’s dedication to the Church.